I decided to make fashion and culture my goto case study..
From what I gather, you have a very small fashion cadre in Paris or NYC who make recommendations to a bunch of snobs and celebrities. Then it gets picked up by tabloids like Paris Match, Vogue and National Enquirer. These recommendations then get diluted to the general public (and then eventually,maybe---- with a lot of luck---- to geeks such as yours truly).
I'm just curious to what extent this narrative is true and if we can draw parallels to other fields. In politics, there is a direct parallel but what about other fields?
It would be simply to think it is a matter of might makes right. E.g. Steve Jobs is geek chic therefore if I am geek chic, I'm like Steve Jobs.
But I am not sure that is correct. An indian ph.D was giving a talk at my university on bridging the gap between academia and industry. At one point, she put a lot of emphasis on the "hustle".
Hm. How come a foreigner would use the word hustle? This is prison slang. How can the very lowest strata of American society influence anglosaxon culture to the extent she would use it in this context?
You could think this is logic. Some things in fashion are logical. I have a couple Lacoste shirts from high school that are nigh indestructible. Truly excellent value for the money. I also think that shoes are well worth the money from an orthopedic POV.
On the other hand, in fashion, we have the met gala and you have hairdoe that are meant to resemble helicopters. So clearly practicality may be a factor but not the only factor.
Sadly, we have that there is much more skepticism from the general public toward academia (anti-vaxxers et al) who would rather believe some random facebook page then the CDC.
I wasn't goint to include that point because it is beyond naive, but in true WF fashion, someone is going to say "the trend setters are full of love.FEAR/hatred/the dark side of the force/etc is counterproductive".Sorry, there are plenty of trend setters with very serious moral and character failings who succeed nonetheless.
So in the end who sets the trends?